Welcome to our Spring issue.
I witnessed the roll-out of almost 300,000 handmade, individually crocheted poppies in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea this year. Victorian designer Phillip Johnson, who won Best Show Garden at Chelsea in 2013, proposed the display, which covered nearly 2,000sq m, and linked the hospital to the Chelsea Flower Show Marquee for the first time ever, in a poignant show of respect to wartime sacrifice.
Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight started the project to honour their fathers who both fought in World War II. From the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in 2015, the project expanded for ANZAC Day in Melbourne's Federation Square in 2015 and then on to Chelsea. The next stop for the project, now more than half a million poppies strong, was to the Australian Memorial Park, known as Cobbers, at Fromelles in France. Lyn and Marg’s idea and passion, Phillip Johnson's inspiring design, and the work of many volunteers have created Australia’s finest-ever art installation and a fitting memorial. Find out more at www.5000poppies.wordpress.com. It’s an immensely moving tribute.
Lest we forget.